USF Bulls: Keys To The Season, Top Game, Top Transfer, Fun Stats
USF Bulls: Key To The 2022 Offense
The passing game has to be more efficient and more productive.
The offensive line is in place and the running backs are there to grind it out more, but the Bulls have to come up with a far more productive passing attack.
They were able to get to 222 yards or more in three of the last four games – after only getting to 200 yards once in the first eight games – but the the offense only threw six touchdown passes with 12 picks. Only Georgia Southern came up with fewer touchdown throws.
The touchdowns would be nice, but to start, USF has to be able to just hit passes, especially on third downs. The offense hit more than 60% of its passes just three times and a whole lot more has to happen down the field.
USF Bulls: Key To The 2022 Defense
The pass rush has to show up.
The defense as a whole has to be far stronger, and the run defense has to hold up better after getting gouged for 5.8 yards per carry, but there has to be far more production from a pass rush that wasn’t there.
The Bulls managed two sacks against Houston. That was the only time the defense came up with more than one, registering a mere nine sacks on the season – tied with Vanderbilt for the fewest in the nation – and with just four tackles for loss per game.
USF Bulls: Key Player To The 2022 Season
DT Rashad Cheney, Soph.
And 300-pound Temple transfer Nick Bags, and 285-pound Wake Forest transfer James Ash. The Bulls need defensive tackles, they need someone to sit on the nose, and they need to start gumming things up on the inside to finally stop someone’s running game. They don’t have a slew of massive bodies for the middle, and the opportunity is there for Cheney – and others.
The 6-2, 290-pound transfer from Minnesota made nine tackles in a little bit of time over the last two seasons, but he’s got the size and quickness to be a potential factor – at least that’s the hope.
USF Bulls: Key Transfer
QB Gerry Bohanon, Sr.
Timmy McClain started to grow into the starting quarterback as the season went on. The yards were there, but the overall offensive production wasn’t. He’s likely the main man to beat, but Bohanon is a veteran option who might be too good to keep off the field.
He’s big, can move, and he has been in several big games hitting 61% of his passes for 2,394 yards and 20 touchdowns and seven picks over four years, and he ran for 219 yards and 12 scores.
USF Key Game To The 2022 Season
East Carolina, Oct. 1
If everything goes according the probability, USF will start the season 1-3 with losses to BYU, at Florida, and at Louisville, and with a win over Howard. It has to come up with a win over East Carolina at home to avoid a devastating start.
Lose – the Bulls dropped last year’s game 29-14 – and with a trip to Cincinnati to follow, a 1-5 would be impossible to recover from conceding the tough games over the second half of the season.
USF Bulls: 2021 Fun Stats
– Fumbles: USF 26 (lost 9) – Opponents 16 (lost 7)
– Average Yards Per Carry: Opponents 5.8 – USF 3.9
– Passing TDs: Opponents 26 – USF 6